Monday, January 12, 2015

Remodeling Magazine's 2015 Cost Vs Value Report

Below is the link to Remodeling Magazine's Cost Vs Value Report. It list common remodel projects average cost along side the percentage that you can expect to recoup if you decide to sell. If you are considering a project but suspect that you may sell in a few years this is a great source of information. Check it out!

http://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2015/pacific/sacramento-ca/

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Bamboo Flooring - The Eco Friendly Hardwood Flooring Alternative


Bamboo has been used as an alternative for wood flooring because of its physical similarities to true hardwoods. Bamboo floor manufacturers and sellers promote its strength and durability as well as its resistance to insects and moisture, and they say the material is also "eco friendly". 

Bamboo is Eco-Friendly because it grows very fast and is a renewable product. The average age of an Oak Tree Harvested to produce lumber is 120 years old. Bamboo is grown and harvested in under 3 years. 

I have had very good luck installing bamboo. They make it in many different colors, its very durable, and is a very solid surface. The bamboo flooring is priced like laminate flooring but there is no comparison in quality. The bamboo beats out laminate everytime. 

If you have any additional questions about bamboo flooring or would like to have a quote to have bamboo installed give us a call at (707) 685-1549.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year 2015!

We would like to wish a Happy and Successful 2015 to all of our current and future clients. We are celebrating a decade in business this year and look forward to working with all of you again. Thanks for helping make our business a success. We could not do it without you!

Craig Grimm & Skip Begley

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Grimm & Begley Construction Celebrates 10 years in Business Jan 2015

We are very please to announce that next month marks our tenth year of assisting Solano County Area Residents with their Remodeling and Home Repair Needs.

We have grown the business from its humble beginnings as a handyman business to a full fledge general contracting firm.

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Some of our Recent Accomplishments are listed below:

We made it through the worst recession the country has ever seen intact and debt free

Last year we were voted Best of Yelp Remodeling Contractor for our Area

We have had the top rating in the area for a General Contractor in both Yelp and Yahoo Local

We have hundreds of satisfied customers in the area and look forward to serving hundreds more in the future.

Our Company's Promises to You:

We are committed to dealing with you, the customer ethically and honestly.

We will produce a quality end product that you can depend on to look and function as promised.

We will keep our prices fair and reasonable.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Secret of My Success in the Remodeling Business

Its very funny to hear someone ask me, "What is your secret to keep business flowing in year round?". The funny part is that there is no secret and every successful contractor knows that. I have many friends that are also successful in contracting and we all follow these simple rules.

1. Show up on Time 

Its amazing to me that some business people don't show up on time to appointments and expect to be successful. This is a no brainer.

2. Do the work that you say your going to do for the price you say your going to do it for 

Again a no brainer, but attention to all contractors reading this; its not your customers fault that you dont know how to bid a project. If you underbid a job use it as a learning experience. Suck it up...your a professional.

3. Complete the Work within a Reasonable amount of Time

That is it. If you can do that and you do quality work, you can probably do all right in this business. If you can't commit to doing those three simple thing on every job you complete, then don't even bother trying to succeed, your not cut out to be a successful business person.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Is Granite the new budget counter top?

Granite has been a long time favorite upgrade to any kitchen. For a long time granite was one of a very few solid surface counter tops and it had a corner on the counter top market. The prices were often over $100 a square foot installed. 

Now with so many choices for counter tops (i.e. Silestone, Corian, Quartz, along with many others) the demand for granite has gone down and so has the price. I have seen granite for as little as $25 per square foot installed recently. 

The demand for engineered stone products and acrylic products is up. The nice thing about man made stone products is that you still get the durability of granite (in fact its even more durable) and the color is consistent. There is nothing worse than having a customer select a color of granite only to find out that the sample they looked at was a poor reflection of the actual surface. It happens more than you think and it almost never happens with Silestone or Quartz.

Corian and other Acrylic surfaces are beautiful products. I love to use them in bathrooms for shower surrounds or vanity tops, but it is not my favorite choice for kitchens because it does not have the heat resistance of other counter tops. If you set a hot pan down on an acrylic surface, you are in trouble!

If you have always wanted granite, now is the time to get it; there are some really good deals out there right now.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tips for Getting Your Remodeling Project Done before the Holidays

Even though its still warm out, the holidays are approaching quickly. If you want to get a renovation project done in time for your holiday guest here are a few tips.


  1. Schedule your project now! I cannot over emphasize this. The longer you wait the more chance you have of not getting it completed. The good contractors get books up quickly this time of year.
  2. Do your homework and know exactly what you want to get done. This will save time when dealing with your contractor on planning and scheduling your project.
  3. Have a completion date for your project at least two weeks before your guest arrive. You can avoid a lot of stress this way Remodeling is not an exact science and things can get delayed.
  4. Make yourself available. If you really want to get your project done, be flexible with your contractor. If he or she needs to work late or on the weekend to meet your deadline, be accommodating.
  5. Offer the contractor a bonus if they get the job done early. You would be surprised how a little cash can light a fire under someone, especially during the holidays when its seems your bank account is constantly hemorrhaging cash.